PDF | Lacandonia schismatica (Triuridaceae) is the only known angiosperm species with flowers composed of central stamens surrounded by. Lacandonia schismatica flower. Note semi-transparent tepals and three central stamens (dark yellow) surrounded by numerous carpels (photo by Esteban. Ovule and seed development is described for Lacandonia schismatica, a species whose androecium is surrounded by the gynoecium. The ovule in each carpel.

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Lacandonia – Wikipedia

Articles with ‘species’ microformats. Ovule and seed development of Lacandonia schismatica Lacandoniaceae. The difficulty expressed in pacandonia the species in the proper family is due to the unique floral morphology.

Uses authors parameter Articles with ‘species’ microformats. The chromosome number of Lacandonia schismatica Lacandoniaceae.

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It grows in shady sites within this rainforest. If you knew lwcandonia to look for, you would soon realize that L. Mature flower of Lacandonia schismatica.

The future of this species is quite uncertain. One can only speculate at this point. Lacandonia is a mycoheterotrophic plant that contains no chlorophyll and has the unusual characteristic of inverted positions of the male androecium and female gynoecium floral parts, something that had not been seen in any other plants with the occasional exception of some individuals of the related Triuris brevistylis.


I would like you to meet the peculiar Lacandonia schismaticaone of roughly 55 species belonging to the family Triuridaceae. It is not quite clear how this system could have evolved in this species. Lacandonia is a small parasitic plant that lacks chlorophyll and has a rhizomatousmycotrophic habit. Since the original description and early work on this species in the s, other field work has revealed some instances of L.

This genus exhibits racemous inflorescences and bract -like leaves.

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This page was last edited on 27 Julyat Systematic Botany15 4: The flowers are cleistogamous, which means they are fertilized before they even open, hence the lack of genetic diversity among individuals.

Systematic Botany15 schiismatica This discovery led the authors of the study to conclude that the inverted floral morphology evolved before L.

To figure out why L. The chromosome number of Lacandonia schismatica Lacandoniaceae. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden80 4: Schismtaica Journal of Plant Sciences.

Pandanales genera Parasitic plants Triuridaceae. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden80 4: Uses authors parameter link. Indeed, this unique floral morphology has made this species very hard to classify. Flora of Chiapas Parasitic plants Plants described in Triuridaceae. Flowers of Lacandonia are bisexual and self-pollinate and fertilize before the flower opens preanthesis cleistogamy.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Genetic analysis suggests a relation to the mycoheterotrphic family Triuridaceae. Views Read Edit View history. Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society4: Three yellowish anthers center surrounded by rings of red carpels.

This suggests that the inversion evolved before the Lacandonia schismatica lineage diverged. Meyerowitz, and Elena R. Annals of the Schismwtica Botanical Garden76 1: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Before we get to that, however, it is worth getting to know this plant a little bit better. This hypothesis is supported by the geographic distribution where L. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies.